I joined this community and posted this post I made in my journal here under the advice of someone. This is why I'm not going to spend my money on a t-shirt, when I had been really looking forward to getting one.
I wanted to buy one. I really did. I love collecting t-shirts.
I thought the LJ design was cool, and womens-cut t-shirts! WOO!
But... what it says on the back of them really puts me off... "Because you like to think people care..."
I wouldn't wear that out in public, to be honest. I know people care... and that just... to me it sounds like it's a subtle implication that you're a loser.
It just left a bad taste in my mouth.
::sighs, whimpers:: And I so wanted to get one too, but not with that. It was pointed out to me the quote could be taken in a sarcastic, or teasing manner, but... It's too close to being rude and condesending.
I'm sorry, but I'm not buying it now. I don't spend my money on something that leaves a bad aftertaste.
A user hit upon a point that was eluding me, but was part of what's bothering me. (http://www.livejournal.com/talkread.bml?itemid=10433075&thread=12713888#t12713888)
I wasn't sure, I just knew I didn't like the saying, and I felt bothered (especially given the some of the recent dust-up about Brad's usage of the word 'idiot' when making LJ_Maintenance posts and elsewhere)
They've only polled an 'elite' percentage. I don't believe I was on LJ before then, but at any rate, from what I'm understanding, it was poll posted either to just this or to a select few communities. Maybe they did do this, but I'm not getting the impression they posted a link to the poll on their main page, or made it well-known.
I think then, it would have been more... up front? ::shrugs:: I don't know. I just don't like how they went with a less-than-majority vote on a saying like that.
Yes, it's sarcasm. I understand sarcasm. Hell, I wear sarcasm (one of my tshirts, for example, says "I'd like to do my part to make the world a better place, but murder is illegal")
But this is... I don't know. There's just something negative in it. Mocking. Yes, I can laugh at myself, but this just feels like it skirts too close to the line of ridiculing oneself. [sarcastic]Awww...poor baby. Waa-waa. Nobody loves me, everybody hates me. Just shut up.[/sarcastic] That's more how it comes across.
Now if it was advertised as a more... elitist kind of sarcastic comment... I don't know. Like, "I have a LiveJournal and you don't!" Making it seem like a *good* thing, not a negative thing, it would've reflected better on this service, IMHO.